As stylists, we are all about getting some inspiration during the vacation. We love traveling, finding new materials, styles and trends. And we can’t keep ourselves from visiting interior shops and markets when we are abroad. Our holiday plans most always include staying in a capital city where our carefully planned lunch address (with a beautiful interior) is just coincidentally around the corner from a store that has been on the ‘must visit’ wishlist. Yes, gathering inspiration during our vacation is of a high priority.
A visits to Paris will always include a stop at Maison Sarah Lavoine for example. Their use of color makes my heart jump a beat. In New York, the place I was able to call home for a few years, pop up shops like Apartment by the Line were a way to make my school run a bit more interesting.
In The Netherlands we have our favorite stops as well. For sourcing we always visit The Archive Store. Meutt Vintage is a new discovered vintage filled place where I have scored some treasures for our new holiday home. Yet in terms of inspirational places, we have a new number 1! Casa Gitane in Amsterdam is what interior stylists dreams are made of. The set up, the colors and the materials are like our milk and honey. Especially as we have moved from designing kids rooms (back in 2015) to doing so much more.
Another must-see for interior enthusiasts like us is Pantoufle Design in Rotterdam. This store is filled with hand picked items, creating a very special vibe which we can best describe as when French market style meets Scandinavian simplicity. The whole store is beautifully styled. We could just move in here tomorrow.
At Live Loud Girl we are always out for a good dose of inspiration to translate into our designs. Currently on the agenda are the design of a beach bar and restaurant for a new hotel in Dubai and our own holiday home in The Netherlands. So bring on all that milk and honey, we can never get enough of it.
Do you have a store that you always need to visit? Let us know in the comments below or on Instagram!
Summer is here! And although we will be having a break from the office as much as possible, I have a very exciting design job to look into: our own three bedroom home on the Dutch coast. A place to go to in our school holidays, a place to rent out to who ever wants to experience a Live Loud Girl Stay.
When being in a situation where you can start from scratch, you can decorate according to how you want to feel when being here. This house will be a beach getaway where you relax as soon as you walk in and fill your lungs with fresh air as soon as you step out.
The overall feel will remain clean and minimalistic. In terms of furniture we will be combining old with new to strike the perfect balance between design and vintage. We are re-using the existing kitchen cabinets yet bringing in some perfect imperfect tiles that have always been on my wishlist. The bathroom will get a proper upgrade, bringing in some funky pink and in the rest of the home we will be experimenting with color.
Although the real renovation will only start in September, we are excited to go there this summer to kick off with some preparations. We need to choose materials, colors and furniture before we can start dreaming about how it will look a few months from now.
You can follow our journey over summer on Instagram and Live Loud Girl Stays as I will be visiting my favorite shops in The Netherlands and putting together the shopping list. For now we want to share the mood boards and wishlist… Let us know what you think?!
Where we can have a say in how things look around the house, we do. Believe us, we do. So when functionality meets design, which is one of Dyson’s core values, we are all ears and want to know all about it.
Sometimes small changes can make a big impact. Just before the summer holidays kick off here, I wanted to fresh up our master bedroom. Without making it one of our projects, we want to show how we change the mood of this room with just a set of new crisp bedding and a quick and painless DIY #Ikeahack.